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Assessment of Equity in Access to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Centres in Poland

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Department of Operational Research, The Poznań University of Economics and Business, Al. Niepodległości 10, Poznań 61-875, Poland
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Department of Medical Law, Organisation and Healthcare Management, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, ul. Przybyszewskiego 39, 60-356 Poznań, Poland
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Healthcare 2020, 8(2), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8020071 (registering DOI)
Received: 12 February 2020 / Revised: 15 March 2020 / Accepted: 24 March 2020 / Published: 26 March 2020
The purpose of this study is to analyse the disparities in the distribution of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) centres in Poland and the impact of eventual inequities on access to the invasive treatment of acute myocardial infarctions (AMI). To examine the distribution of PCI centres against population size and geographic size in Poland, the Gini coefficient calculated based on the Lorenz Curve was engaged. In addition, the regression function was employed to estimate the impact of distribution of PCI centres on access to invasive procedures (coronarographies and primary percutaneous coronary intervention). Data were collected from the public statistical system and Polish National Health Fund database for the year 2018. The relation and the level of equity was measured based on the aggregated data at a district (voivodeship) level. The results of the Gini coefficient analysis show that the distribution of invasive cardiology units measured against population size is more equitable than when measured against geographic size. In addition, the regression analysis shows the moderate size of the positive correlation between number of PCI centres per 100,000 population and the number of all categories of the invasive treatment of AMI per 100,000 population, and the lack of similar correlation in case of the number of PCI centres expressed per 1000 km2, which could be evidence of an insufficiency of PCI centres in areas where the concentration of PCI centres per 100,000 population is lower. The main implication for policy makers that results from this research is the need for a correction of PCI centres distribution per 100,000 inhabitants to ensure better access to invasive procedures.
Keywords: equity; Gini coefficient; health care; invasive cardiology; Poland; regression equity; Gini coefficient; health care; invasive cardiology; Poland; regression
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Rój, J.; Jankowiak, M. Assessment of Equity in Access to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Centres in Poland. Healthcare 2020, 8, 71.

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